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best/most authentic tomato pie in NY/NJ/PA?

sarapeater Feb 20, 2008 04:16 AM

I'd love to know the history of the tomato pie, and places to find authentic/great pies.
I've read about Alfred's, Marchiano's, Downstairs at Bellevue, Marucas, and Papa's. And I've been to DeLorenzo's (delicious, obviously, which is why I am searching for more). I'm guessing the tomato pie business is bigger than I realize. yes? no?
am I correct that a true tomato pie is one without cheese, or with cheese below the sauce?
is Trenton the birthplace and everything else an offshoot?
thanks for your help

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  1. hangrygirl RE: sarapeater Feb 20, 2008 04:28 AM

    What is tomato pie? I've never actually heard of it.

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      cranrob RE: hangrygirl Feb 20, 2008 12:42 PM

      Here is a good article describing regional pizza styles. See the entry on "Trenton Tomato Pies"


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        sarapeater RE: cranrob Feb 20, 2008 05:15 PM

        great link. thanks

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      hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: sarapeater Feb 20, 2008 05:51 AM

      If you want authentic you have to go to Roseto PA. The best is actually from a cater. Here's the website.


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        love2cookmb RE: sarapeater Feb 21, 2008 07:34 AM

        L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn, NY has great pizza like you describe. I had no clue it was called Tomato Pie.

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          cranrob RE: love2cookmb Feb 21, 2008 08:21 AM

          I've been to Spumoni Gardens, and as someone who frequents Trenton Tomato Pie places, Spumoni Gardens is nothing like it. It is very good though in it's own way.

          1. re: cranrob
            sarapeater RE: cranrob Feb 21, 2008 03:40 PM

            spumoni gardens - the slices in question - are really more sicilian than tomato pie, I think.

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